1st November 2012

I Got Friends

“Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel.  Do not forsake your friend and the friend of your father…”
Proverbs 27:9-10 (NIV)

Over the last few weeks I have had the blessing and privilege of sharing meals with some of my closest friends.  In these times we have shared our hopes, struggles, losses and blessings.  We have laughed, cried, argued and hugged.  The friendships endure despite all that has happened in our lives and the world around us.

My friends round off some of my rough edges.  They listen, encourage and challenge me.  Each one is very different to me and brings something unique into my life.  Some are a few streets away and others thousands of miles away, but all are very, very special, a real godsend.  They give of their time, experience and/or resources for my benefit.  I am thankful that those relationships are mutual in appreciation.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:  If one falls down, his friend can help him up.  But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!  Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.  But how can one keep warm alone?”

I am reminded of a poem by B.J. Gallagher, called ‘Friends’.  Allow me to share some excerpts:
“GOAL!
You’re such a good influence on me.
You’re like my coach, my cheerleader, my marching band all rolled into one person.
Your confidence in me gives me confidence in me.
I can never fail with you in my corner.
I go for the goal ‘cause you’ve got my back.
I give it all I’ve got because you would expect nothing less.”

These examples remind me of my forever friend in heaven, Jesus.  Each of my friends reflects ‘the love of God shed abroad in our hearts’ to me and others every day.  Jesus says in John 15:15-16, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business.  Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last.”

Prayer
Dear Father, thank you once again for my friends old and new, that enrich my life in so many, many ways.  Help me to be a good friend today.  Also, thanks for my best friend, your beloved Son, in whose name I pray, Jesus.
Amen

Study by David Gibbs 

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